Rumor Patrol: ‘Masters of the Universe’ Seeks New List of Directors

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Ever since Mattel conceived of a line of science-fantasy characters to compete with the burgeoning Star Wars toy line, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has occupied a strange and fascinating niche in pop culture. Despite the property’s cynical origins, He-Man, Skeletor, and their allies captured the imaginations of an entire generation of children – now grown adults with disposable entertainment budgets ripe for the picking.

Masters of the Universe has seen numerous revivals and attempts at adaptations, none more torturous than the ongoing quest to create a new feature film based on the property. After the departure of director John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) last year, the adaptation’s eventual fate became questionable. A new rumor states that Sony now has a solid shortlist of directors they want to take over Chu’s spot.

Schmoes Know reports that a new list of directors is being courted to helm Masters of the Universe, citing an industry source known as “the Phantom.” The directors in consideration for the position include Andrés Muschietti (Mama), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Brick, Breaking Bad), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), and Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods).

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If there is any veracity to this group of potentials, it tells us little about the desired tone and style of Masters of the Universe. The only common thread between these seven names is that they are all currently in demand, having put out popular and lucrative projects within the last few years. Each director (or directing team) would bring an entirely different background to a potential He-Man project.

Rian Johnson, for instance, is currently a genre favorite for his well-received time travel epic Looper. At the same time, his directorial style (so far) has emphasized grit and touches of bleak realism even in a fantastical setting. His skills are undeniable (he directed the Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias,” one of the most gut-rending episodes of television ever filmed), but is he even remotely the right fit for Masters of the Universe?

On the other end of the spectrum are DeMicco and Sanders, whose directorial experience has been limited to animated features. Admittedly, Sanders sports a better pedigree than DeMicco – after all, he co-directed the original How to Train Your Dragon. Would their directorial sensibilities translate well to a live-action film?

That was certainly the case with Lord and Miller, the duo who broke into the industry with the cult favorite television show Clone High and filmmaking with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. They managed to strike success with what had seemed like a can’t-win property in 21 Jump Street and are currently helming its sequel. The chance of seeing the pair put their quirky stamp on Masters of the Universe is most definitely appealing – but is their incessantly goofy approach really what Sony is after?

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Perhaps the most random name on the list, Muschietti may have been thrown out simply because he’s currently a hot item after the unexpected success of Mama. For all his obvious skill, he’s a journeyman director who been involved only in small-scale projects. His attachment to a potential blockbuster seems awfully unlikely at this point.

Finally, Joe Cornish seems like the most likely candidate despite his relative newness to directing feature films. The frequent Edgar Wright collaborator was courted for the Star Trek 3 directorial seat, indicating the studios are still impressed with his work on Attack the Block. An able helmer of both action and humor, Cornish could bridge the gap between cheese and serious swordplay implicit in a Masters of the Universe production.

Of course, all of this could be little more than blind guesswork based on a list of currently hot directorial talent. If even one of the above directors expresses interest in guiding the adventures of Prince Adam, we could be in for a very interesting ride.


Masters of the Universe currently does not have a planned release date. Watch Screen Rant as more details emerge.

Source: Schmoes Know

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  1. I don’t care who sony gets to direct, I just don’t agree with making He-mans origin Kryptonian!

    • I don’t see why He-Man’s origins would be Kryptonian, he is from Eternia

      • I’m pretty sure it’s a joke lol

  2. Where did u get ur info from

  3. all I know Is he-man better be sporting that rad hair style form the 80s or this movie will suck!! 100% guarantee or your money back.

  4. I hope Mecha-Neck is in there and eventually leads to his own solo movie.

  5. Please make this movie happen!! I worshipped He-Man when I was growing up, Masters of the Universe was huge, I had all the toys, still cant believe they havent made a modern film yet, with all the remakes they do now, where the hell is He-Man! I used to love Ram-man and battle cat as well, so many awesome charactors in Masters of the universe, I hope its not just a rumor!

  6. Would love for this to happen. He Man was an amazing cartoon when I was growing up…the recent dc comic book series wasn’t too bed either..
    But it needs to be a serious take on the universe building…but humor in parts.

  7. I don´t see what´s so hard about this. Just adapt the f*cking Grayskull script and we´re all good. Can´t be too hard, not after Bay´s Transformers and GI Joe. I mean, come on. Seriously.

    If you want to read a great He-Man adaption/wanna-be movie, google for the script of Grayskull. It´s worth the read, and you´ll thank me later.

  8. Well I guess Peter Jackson is out the question.This movie should’ve already been written as a trilogy just like the original set of Star Wars films.All they had to do was break them up.Im hoping this don’t turn out to be bad like Transformers or the even worse G I Joe films.It seems right now this guy Joe Cornish is the best fit to sit in the directors chair.It would be even better if he was a fan growing up and he would really take his time to give the fans what we been waiting for all these years instead of just throwing out anything solid for a paycheck.He still is new in Hollywood so I know he is still trying to build up his name,but he could still end up making you wanna throw objects at the screen.I hope after all the bulls**t to get this off the ground it will be all worth the wait.

  9. This will probably be so dorky, I will have to check it out. It had better be good, or I might jut stand up in the theater and start acting like “Johnny Bravo”. That will give all the viewers something rad to see, for sure!

  10. Any of them will be better than Jon Chu, if GI Joe 2 is any indication. I’m happy at this news, because GI Joe 2 was so disappointing (much worse than the first).